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Christmas wine tasting and pop-up shop

Thanks to all producers who took a stand at the SEVA Christmas wine tasting and pop-up shop on 5 December in Chichester and to those who attended the event.

Discounted ICCWS tickets for SEVA members


Discounted ICCWS 2016 tickets available for SEVA members

Next May the UK will host the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium (ICCWS 2016).  English and Welsh wine producers will be positioned at the heart of the international wine world making this a once-in-a-lifetime event not to be missed!

26-28 May 2016, Brighton

From the 14th of December SEVA members benefit from a discounted rate of £500 for a three-day ticket – £100 off the full price. Day tickets are also on offer at £200 each, down from £250.

To purchase, please contact Belinda Mercer, General Secretary SEVA at for the promotional code and then visit the website to book your tickets.

The ICCWS 2016 is a three-day international symposium for all involved in making, marketing and selling cool climate wines. It offers the chance to network, learn and engage with leading practitioners and academics in our global industry.

The UK wine industry has come together in an unprecedented way to support this global event, with sponsors such as Hattingley Valley, Hush Heath, Ridgeview, Rathfinny, Gusbourne and Nyetimber throwing their weight behind it. Others have also signed up as Patrons, including: Albury Organic Vineyard, Albourne Estate, Bluebell Vineyard, Bolney Estate, Chapel Down, Chilworth Manor, Camel Valley, Denbies Wine Estate, High Clandon, Nutbourne Vineyards and Wiston Estate.

This is your chance not to get left behind!

At a recent ICCWS Patrons Circle event, chairman of the planning committee Bruce Tindale said, “From the outset our objectives for the symposium were to deliver an unrivalled programme under the overall banner “successful wine production in cool climates”, and use the symposium to reinforce the UK’s arrival on the world wine stage.”

The core programme will be published on the website shortly. It includes every aspect of our industry from the vineyard to the winery; to marketing and selling the product; to setting up and making a success of your business; oenotourism; wine education; getting the latest thinking from suppliers to the industry and of course plenty of tasting.

There has never been such a distinguished gathering of leaders in the field as we are going to have in Brighton next May. We have leading practitioners, leading academics, leading researchers and writers representing every major wine region and many of the leading universities and institutes. The list is a veritable who’s-who of the international wine leadership community.

Jancis Robinson will be opening the programme; Jamie Goode will close proceedings and Oz Clarke will lead a session on tasting English still wines. Essi Avellan MW, who co-wrote the World Encyclopaedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine with Tom Stephenson, will lead a session on English sparkling wines.

The programme has been structured to be a mix of plenary and parallel break-out sessions, and there will be something for everyone, from those in the viticulture and wine-making boiler room to those more closely associated with the business and marketing side. There will also be plenty of time for networking, between the sessions, during morning and afternoon breaks, lunch and of course the array of supporting evening events.

On the Wednesday evening before the symposium all delegates are invited to the launch event at the Brighton Museum, with a canapé reception paired with English wines.

On the Thursday evening, we are holding a Sushi & Cool Climate Wine Tasting at The Sea Life Centre, where we will pair the finest, sustainably sourced Sushi dishes alongside cool climate wines from around the world. Delegates will take a journey through the oldest aquarium in the UK with each area playing host to a different cool climate country and their producers. As guests walk through the aquarium they will sample the finest wines from around the cool regions of the world whilst enjoying the fun surroundings, local seafood and Brighton’s best swing DJs to soundtrack the experience.

On Friday evening we have our Gala Dinner, beginning with a cool climate sparkling wine reception before guests enjoy a three-course dinner with each course inspired by some of Sussex’s top chefs and paired with a cool climate wine to match.

We are also linking the event to the Brighton Food and Drink consumer festival which attracts some 50-60k visitors, and which will be held on the weekend of the symposium.

This is our symposium, lets make sure we deliver an occasion we are truly proud of and which reflects magnificently on our wonderful and ever-more successful industry. So don’t delay but take advantage of this special offer by contacting Belinda Mercer, General Secretary at for the promotional code.








South East Vineyards App free to download

The SEVA iPhone App, the first interactive iPhone App guide to SEVA’s vineyards and wineries, is now live and can be downloaded from the Apple Store or by clicking onto the following link:



New SEVA benefit: architectural helpline

SCD Design is offering each SEVA member 15 minutes free architectural consultation via phone or email per year for those considering venturing into wine/vineyard tourism.For further details please see Sue Cambie Press


SEVA Wine Route

The South East Wine Route (guide to visiting the stunning vineyards of Surrey, Sussex and Kent) was successfully launched in April 2015.  For additional copies please contact Belinda Mercer, General Secretary of SEVA at  The 2016 edition will be launched in April 2016. Queries, advertising enquiries for the South East Wine Route 2016, please email

The South East Wine Route 2015



Post Harvest Supper

Thanks to everyone for coming to the Post Harvest Supper at the Ginger Fox in Albourne on 19 November.  A big thank you to the Ginger Fox for a lovely meal and to Ridgeview, Nutbourne, Albourne Estate, Plumpton, Bolney and Bluebell for sharing all of your fantastic wines.

The next social event is to celebrate St Vincent’s Day on 22 January 2016 at 12 noon at Jeremy’s Restaurant in Borde Hill. For further information please contact the General Secretary, Belinda Mercer on

SEVA summer BBQ

Our summer BBQ this year was held on Sunday 13 September at Nutbourne Vineyards in West Sussex.  A big thank you to Peter and Bridget Gladwin for hosting the event.  It was a fabulous afternoon, kicking off with a glass of their award winning Nutty, followed by a tour of the vineyard and winery, presentation of SEVA cups and finishing with a delicious BBQ and Nutbourne wine.  The SEVA cups this year were won by Albourne Estate (top SEVA wine) for their Bacchus 2014 and Plumpton College (top sparkling wine) for their Dean Blush 2011.  Many congratulations to Alison Nightingale of Albourne Estate and Plumpton College.





SEVA website

SEVA members will be contacted with member area login details by email, or feel free to contact Belinda Mercer, General Secretary
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Sponsor the SEVA!

If you are interested in sponsoring the SEVA by taking out an advertisement in our newsletter, or getting a link on our website, email Belinda Mercer, General Secretary:
We offer an excellent opportunity to reach a wide target audience whilst supporting the work of the Association at the same time. Get in touch!

English Wine News Twitter Feed

Remember that SEVA has its own Twitter feed (with over 2000 followers), found at @EnglishWineNews – where we’re posting the latest information relevant to the English Wine industry – so please follow us, and feel free to send us your news so we can tweet about it for you! This feeds into the UK Vineyards App.